Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pat McCool Sample Itin

Day 1 ---- Arrive and Drive to Turrialba Hotel (Hotel in Turrialba)

Today we will meet you at the airport and take you for a 2 hour drive through the capital city of San Jose. Your guide will give you a city tour from the bus and you will then be driving through rolling coffee and sugar-cane plantations until you arrive to the town of Turrialba. Here you will stay for the night and enjoy dinner at our Sitio de Mata project. Here you will experience the Costa Rican culture first hand some some of the best homecooked meals you will have all week. (Meals: Dinner)

Pacuare River Rafting
Day 2 ---- Rafting on Pacuare and Drive to Arenal (Casa Luna Lodge)

We will be leaving the hotel at 7:30am after breakfast and head to the Pacuare River put-in which is located just 35 minutes from the hotel. Here the students will be rafting one of the top five rivers on the planet and get a lesson on primary rainforest. The river run is around 18 miles and will take three hours where they will get lunch when they get out of the river.  After lunch we'll drive on a nice straight road to the Arenal Volcano.  Upon arrival dinner will be served at Casa Luna and its a delicious meal. The hotel is located with great views of the volcano from every room. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 ---- Organic Tour (Casa Luna Lodge)

Today the students will get a chance to rest in the morning and leave for the Organic tour around 9:30am. If the teachers or anyone wants to do a short nature hike after breakfast around the hotel grounds our guides are always ready. The Organic tour lasts around two hours and then lunch (prepared with foods from the garden) is served. We will leave the farm around 1pm and anyone who wants to do the optional zipline will be transported to the 3pm zipline and those that want to walk around town can do that or folks can relax in the pool at the hotel. (Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 ---- Danaus Eco Reserve Tour and La Fortuna Waterfall (Casa Luna Lodge)

La Fortuna Falls
We will leave today around 8am to get to the Nature Eco Reserve early only because that is the best time to see animals. This is a very educational day and a chance to learn about reforestation, and the biodiversity of Costa Rica. You will get an upclose look at poisonous dart frogs, sloths, many different species of birds, and butterflies. After the reserve we'll go to the town of La Fortuna for lunch and then to the La Fortuna Waterfall which will involve some hiking. When we make it to the bottom of the waterfall wes can go swimming in the natural pools. We'll be back at Casa Luna in the evening  to relax. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 ---- Drive to Monteverde Night Walk (Monteverde Hotel)

Today we will leave around 9am after breakfast and drive to Monteverde area. Here the kids will be staying in the cloudforest and in the evening enjoy a night walk that will start at 6pm. This is a beautiful area and again a very educational opportunity. Some of the options for tours will range from cheese tours, to reptiles, visit the amphibian sanctuary, and a number of other nature hikes in and around the area.  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Arenal Volcano
Day 6 ---- Monteverde Reserve and Drive to Manuel Antonio (Manuel Antonio Hotel)

Getting an early start is again best today if possible as the Monteverde Reserve is showing all it's glory at early morning. This is a completely different type of nature hike compared to the day before as the elevation is much higher and we're in a completely different part of the tropics. After the hike we'll get some lunch and then make the drive to the Manuel Antonio area. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 ---- Beach Day (Manuel Antonio Hotel)

Today is a day to relax and some optional tours will be discussed the evening before if they are interested in signing up for some. If not they can just relax on the beaches of Manuel Antonio (the most beautiful in Costa Rica). (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 8 ---- Hike to Manuel Antonio National Park (Manuel Antonio Hotel)

Manuel Antonio National Park is a unique treat of beauty and bountiful wildlife. Here you will see all the monkeys you ever wanted. As you hike with your guide, you'll observe and compare the differences in the three areas visited on hikes this week.  This hike takes around two hours and then you can stay and relax on the uncrowded beaches in the park until closing at 4pm. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Best lunch of the week at the Organic Farm
Day 9 ---- Beach in Morning and Drive to San Jose (Airport Hotel)

Today everyone can get in some final beach time and then it is back to the San Jose area to put us in a nice position to catch the flight on day 10. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 --- Transfer to Airport and Fly Home!

 Depending on flight time we will get you to the airport three hours before the flight. (Meals: Breakfast)

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